Chef Giada De Laurentiis announces split from husband Todd Thompson

Chef Giada De Laurentiis says arrivederci to her marriage to Todd Thompson

The flame has gone out for chef Giada De Laurentiis and husband Todd Thompson.

The Food Network celebrity chef announced Tuesday on Facebook that she and the fashion designer have been separated since July and would officially split after more than a decade of marriage.

"After an amicable separation since July, Todd and I have decided to end our marriage," the 44-year-old wrote. "Although our decision to separate comes with a great deal of sadness, our focus on the future and overwhelming desire for our family's happiness has given us the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths."

The duo wed in May 2003 and have one child together, a daughter named Jade Marie, 6, who is frequently seen on her mom's cooking shows "Everyday Italian" and "Giada at Home." Thompson was a fixture as well, and viewers became well aware of his love for pancetta, bacon and all things meaty.

"Todd and I share a beautiful daughter and a lifetime of great memories that we both treasure more than anything. We are so thankful for our friends and family, and really appreciate the support in this time of change."

In 2011, the well-manicured comely cook elaborated on how she made her marriage work while dealing with celebrity.

"I think it can be hard for any man to sometimes be upstaged by his wife. So when I'm home, I work very hard to be Todd's wife and Jade's mother. I have no problem going back to those traditional roles. I try to be Giada, the young girl that he met 20 years ago and fell in love with," she told Redbook. "All men want to be treated like kings in a relationship, and I think if women don't indulge that sometimes, their men are likely to stray and look for someone who can give that to them. It's simple. It's not brain surgery."

The Daytime Emmy Award winner has authored several cookbooks, has a line of cookware at Target and opened her first restaurant -- Giada -- in Las Vegas in July.

A rep for De Laurentiis did not immediately confirm if the chef had already filed for divorce.

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